Coolest Furniture Distressing and Chalk Paint Tutorial

For Christmas, we got a 42″ television.  We were so excited to put it up, we didn’t really think about what we were going to use as our entertainment center.  Previously, we had a larger wall unit, which held all of our music, movies, old video tapes (yeah, we still have them!), wii and xbox game systems and games.  Needless to say, not only are my kids spoiled, but we needed something LARGE to hold all of our goodies.

Old china cabinet

I could not find the entertainment center that would fit all of our stash so when I saw this really great post on I Heart Nap Time about Chalk Paint, and I had to give it a try.  We had an old, broken, china closet that was just wasting away in our basement, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to upcycle it.  My husband removed the drawers and cut the top sections out which held them.  We cleaned the cabinet out top to bottom, then it was time to get painting.  Yep, you heard right, there was no sanding involved.  No priming.  Woo!

We used vaseline to make for easy paint removal.

I kept the cracked door the way it was and painted it to show the crack.

Cracked Door after being painted

We painted the inside as well, and we added a thin piece of wood which we stained to go under the electronics.  Here is the end result with all of our electronics that were staying in the living room.

I have refinished furniture before, but this was by far the most fun to do, and I plan on doing more in the future.